15 in-demand jobs in Canada that are waiting to be filled right now
You don’t want to find just any job. You want to explore careers in demand so that you pick a field that has greater potential for job security and high pay. Well, guess what? That’s more than possible. After all, many of the in-demand jobs in Canada for the next five years offer great earning opportunities since employers need to attract and retain quality workers due to anticipated labour shortages. And with growing retirement rates expected among the baby boomer generation (i.e., among people born between the years of about 1946 and 1965), now is an excellent time for you to set out on a new career path.
Looking at online job postings and how long they stay online across platforms we can see which vocations most in demand by Canadian employers are and how long those positions take to fill.
Job postings that stay up the longest indicate a perpetual need or a difficulty to fill.
So, we’ve put together a list of the most sought-after vocations for which there are constantly available job openings advertised online.
Here are the 15 most in-demand occupations in Canada right now
Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks
Skilled Trade Workers
Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists
Barbers, Hairdressers, and Beauticians
Couriers and delivery people
Customer Service Reps
Food and Beverage Servers
Advertising, Marketing and PR Managers
These jobs typically take approximately 45 days to fill. Job posting data shows that Truck Drivers and Nurses usually take the longest to fill at about 55 days – or eight weeks.
The job with the shortest job posting period is Administrative Assistants, which averages 36 days, or just over five weeks.
Recruitment firm ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey recently identified a similar list of the most difficult jobs to hire for in Canada. Their findings also show a need for workers for both blue collar and white-collar jobs.
If you are considering in immigrating to the United States, you might want to get a Green Card? You should as there are countless benefits to having one.
1. When it comes to jobs, some security checks require applicants to either be U.S. citizens or hold Green Card status. Thus, having a Green Card opens greater job possibilities.
2. You can leave and enter the U.S. without fear of being denied re-entry by immigration officials, though you should bring your Green Card to provide evidence of your status.
3. You do not require employer sponsorship to work and can obtain employment in any U.S. territory provided it does not require U.S. citizenship.
4. You can alleviate the burden of rising college costs by having a Green Card; having a Green Card allows you to apply for government-sponsored financial aid.
5. Along with that, having Green Card holders pay “resident tuition” at colleges which is substantially cheaper than what foreigners pay for college.
6. If you got your family a Green Card, it will still be valid even if you die or lose your job.
7. If you’re here on a work visa, your spouse and any unmarried child under 21 can stay as dependents; once children obtain Green Cards of their own, though, they are allowed to stay even after turning 21 or upon being married.
8. You can help your spouse and unmarried child by serving as their sponsor to obtain permanent status; information on sponsoring your spouse can be found here.
9. If you work for a total of 40 quarters (which comes out to 10 years, 4 quarters each year), you are eligible by your Green Card status for Social Security benefits upon retirement.
10. The ability to start your own business or form a corporation.
11. Temporary permits are subject to changes in immigration rules which could result in deportation; Green Card holders have immunity against any such changes.
12. Since many banks require proof of long-term U.S. residence such as a Green Card or long-term visa before granting mortgages, it may be easier to obtain a mortgage if you have a Green Card.
13. Green Card holders are also eligible for government grants and have access to security clearances.
14. One big advantage in having a Green Card is that you are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship later.
15. As a Green Card holder, you are entitled to most legal rights under U.S. law
16. As a Green Card holder, you can own firearms, property, and cars like other U.S. citizens.
17. You are legally allowed to make contributions to political campaigns if you have a Green Card or U.S. citizenship status.
18. A lot of insurance companies require at least a Green Card before providing health or life insurance.
19. There may also be a possible tax benefit to Green Card holders taxed as “non-resident” in their home country.
20. Different than visa holders, those with Green Cards can stay permanently anywhere in the United States.
If you need help with obtaining a green card, you can contact us with your legal needs for an assessment of our EB- programs.
New Minimum Wage…
If you’re planning to work or to become an entrepreneur in Canada the different legal minimum wages in each of Canada’s provinces for 2018 might be of your interest, they have a varying labour standard that sets the minimum wage that an employer can pay to employees who are covered by the legislation. The rates are as follows:
Having in mind that employers can choose to pay more than the minimum wage if they wish to, and that is important to research for the wages of your skills and jobs you’re looking for.
Lowest Minimum Wage in Canada
Nova Scotia has Canada’s lowest minimum wage, at $11.00 per hour, though this will rise annually in line with the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage.
A special lower minimum wage for liquor servers exists in some provinces. Generally speaking, this minimum wage rate applies to waiters, waitresses and bartenders who serve liquor directly to customers in bars, restaurants, clubs and other licensed premises. In Ontario and in British Columbia the rate is set at $12.20 per hour and $11.40 per hour respectively.
Highest Minimum Wage in Canada
Alberta has Canada’s highest minimum wage, at $15.00 per hour.
Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates for Experienced Adult Workers in Canada
Minimum wage across the Prairies went up during 2018. For 2019 British Columbia is expecting to set the rate at $13.85, on June 1st. And the government has announced that the minimum wage will further rise to $14.60 on June 1st, 2020 and to $15.20 on June 1st, 2021.
– Government of Canada http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx
– Retail Council of Canada https://www.retailcouncil.org/resources/quick-facts/minimum-wage-by-province/
– Government of Ontario https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/minimum-wage
There are several advantages of a green card for US immigrants. All immigrants must hold a green card before becoming eligible to apply for US citizenship.
Advantages of Green Card
There are several advantages of a green card for U.S. immigrants. All immigrants must hold a green card before becoming eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. If your home country allows dual citizenship, you can apply to become a U.S. citizen, without having to give up your current nationality.
As a green card holder, you stand to enjoy a host of benefits, including but not limited to the following:
• You can live in any of the 50 states of the U.S.
• You can enter and leave the U.S. any time you want; immigration officials can’t deny you entry.
• You don’t need to fill the I-94 form, and you don’t have to worry about your authorized stay becoming expired. The green card status has lifetime validity, though the card needs to be renewed every 10 years.
• You can work in the U.S. without needing an employer sponsorship, and you are not subject to restrictions like the type of the job and weekly working hours. Some jobs are only open to U.S. citizens and green card holders due to security clearance requirements; this provides more job opportunities for those with green cards.
• You can apply for financial sponsorship from the government for pursuing education.
• College and university tuition fees for green card holders are usually three to four times less than that for foreigners.
• You can start your own business or even create a corporation.
• If you have worked for 40 quarters, about 10 years, then you are eligible for Social Security benefits upon retirement.
• Unlike a temporary work permit holder, you need not worry about any changes in the immigration rules.
• You are legally capable of sponsoring your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years for permanent status.
• Most of the banks insist that a non-citizen have a green card or a long-term visa as a prerequisite for sanctioning a mortgage, and some banks have preferential interest rates for green card holders. This makes it easy for holders of green cards to get home loans, also at a lower interest rate.
• Some of the states in the U.S. require you to hold a green card to get a license to have certain jobs, such as an insurance agent or real estate agent. Having a green card clears any barriers to holding these positions.
• Most of the health and life insurance companies in the U.S. issue policies to immigrants only if they have green cards.
• You can buy a car, own property, and get a firearms license just like any American citizen does.
• You can make contributions to political campaigns
• Except for the right to vote, a green card gives you almost all legal rights that are available to U.S. citizens.
Green Card vs. U.S. Citizenship
A green card and U.S. citizenship both give you the legal right to live and work in the United States. However, there are some fundamental differences between the two.
If you are looking to permanently immigrate to the U.S., obtaining a green card is the first step toward it. Green card holders usually must wait several years before becoming eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, through the process of naturalization.
Other eligible ways of being a U.S. citizen include:
• Being born in the U.S.
• Being born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen
• Living as a child in the U.S. when either of the parents is naturalized.
The only way a foreigner can become a U.S. citizen without holding any immigration status is by serving in the U.S. military.
Benefits of Having U.S. Citizenship
U.S. citizenship gives you the permanent right to live in the U.S. It’s the highest status you can get under the U.S. immigration laws.
Some noteworthy benefits of having U.S. citizenship include the following:
• It grants you the right to vote.
• Compared to green card holders, you can also sponsor more foreign national members of your family to stay with you in the U.S.
• Unlike green card holders, U.S. citizens can’t be deported. An immigrant’s citizenship can be cancelled only if it was obtained through fraud.
If you need help with obtaining a green card, you can contact us with your legal needs for our EB- programs.
RULES KICK IN JULY 31 FOR EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Starting July 31, fingerprints and a photo will become mandatory for many people applying from Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence or for asylum in Canada.
Known as biometrics, the fingerprints and photo will be required for identification purposes. This requirement will be extended to Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas on December 31, 2018.
Travellers from visa-exempt countries who are coming to Canada as tourists with a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will not be required to provide biometrics. For a full list of exemptions, please see the end of this article.
The Government of Canada says the collection of biometrics will facilitate application processing and simplify entry into Canada for low-risk travellers.
All travellers between the ages of 14 and 79 must provide biometric information, except in asylum cases, for which there is no upper age limit.
The process of providing your biometric information only takes a few minutes and costs CAD $85 for an individual or CAD $170 for a family that is applying together.
HOW IT WORKS
Biometrics are used at both the application and entry into Canada phases. Biometrics allow visa officers to screen applicants for prior criminal convictions or Canadian immigration infractions. A traveller’s biometrics are also used when they enter Canada to confirm his or her identity.
Eight major Canadian airports will have self-serve Primary Inspection Kiosks where fingerprints will be verified, photos confirmed and travellers can make an on-screen declaration.
Fingerprint verification will be on a discretionary basis by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at other Canadian airports and at land ports of entry.
WHERE TO PROVIDE YOUR BIOMETRICS
If you are outside Canada and applying for the first time, you can provide your biometrics at a Government of Canada-authorized Visa Application Centre (VAC) when you’re applying for a visa in person.
There are 137 VACs in 95 countries where an applicant can give their biometrics.
New VACs have also been announced and are scheduled to open as follows:
- Kigali, Rwanda — Stockholm, Sweden — and Tel Aviv, Israel: mid-September 2018
- Athens, Greece — Berlin, Germany — Lyon, France — and Vienna, Austria: early November 2018
- Antananarivo, Madagascar and Cape Town, South Africa: early December 2018
The federal government says more VACs will open in 2019.
Transitional biometrics collection service points will also open to applicants at the following Canadian missions in Europe:
- From July 31 to mid-September 2018: The Embassy of Canada in Stockholm, Sweden, for applicants from Sweden and neighbouring countries.
- From July 31 to early November 2018: The Canadian embassies in Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; and Vienna, Austria for applicants from Greece, Germany, Austria and neighbouring countries.
- From July 31 to early November 2018: The Immeuble Le Bonnel in Lyon, France for applicants from France and neighbouring countries.
Anyone applying online or by mail will need to obtain a Biometrics Instruction Letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and bring a printed copy of it to their nearest VAC.
In the United States, you can go to any of 135 Application Support Centers.
If you are applying in person in Canada, you will be able to give your biometric information at specified Service Canada locations starting in 2019. Until then, IRCC says anyone applying for a visa, study or work permit or permanent residence in Canada is exempt from the biometrics requirement
HOW LONG ARE BIOMETRICS VALID?
If you are applying for a visitor visa or work/study permit, you only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. However, if you have an application refused and you later reapply, you will need to renew your biometrics.
If you are applying for permanent residence, IRCC says you will need to give your biometrics and pay the fee regardless of whether you provided your biometrics in the past to support a visitor visa, study or work permit application or a different application for permanent residence.
IRCC says fingerprints are encrypted and sent electronically to the Government of Canada’s secure Canadian Immigration Biometrics Identification System. Personal information is deleted from the collection system once it has been successfully transmitted to this database.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will check an applicant’s fingerprints against the fingerprint records of:
- refugee claimants,
- deportees, and
- temporary resident applicants.
Any matches to existing RCMP records will be analyzed by the visa officer treating the application, who will use the information to make a final decision.
Canada shares biometric information with the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. IRCC says this is done in accordance with Canada’s privacy laws and civil liberties and human rights commitments, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Government of Canada keeps fingerprints on record for 15 years from the time you provide them. They are deleted after this time or if the applicant is granted Canadian citizenship.
IRCC says the following are exempt from having to provide biometrics:
- Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents;
- visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA);
- children under the age of 14;
- applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants);
- heads of state and heads of government;
- cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business;
- U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada;
- refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit;
- temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress.